Nada Prlja

Nada Prla Black Communism sewing table

Strike. installation (sewing machines, t-shirts, painted slogans), 2010

 

Nada Prla Black Communism installation view

Strike. installation (sewing machines, t-shirts, painted slogans), 2010

 

Nada Prla Black Communism shirts

Strike. installation (sewing machines, t-shirts, painted slogans), 2010

 

Nada Prlja’s installation Strike consists of a line of industrial sewing machines standing frozen out-of-action, seemingly abandoned by its workforce as a protest against the conditions of labour today. This artistic strike resonates with the observation that work is so firmly at the epicentre of contemporary life that it is virtually impossible to find an alternative to the present-day system. The installation of a strike within the gallery space, invites action in order to alter the already long-established relationship between work, production of goods, wages, pension scheme, etc. In other words, it objects against the submissiveness, obedience and uniformity of citizens on which this system is fundamentally based. With the writings on the t-shirts ‚Black Communism‘, Prlja is referencing to the ‚Black Wave‘ cinema movement of the Yugoslav late 1960s, which was both an expression of freedom under socialism and, for the artist, represents „the creation of parallel production methods to the existing one – ‚Black wave‘ symbolize communism with the possibility of self-criticism.“

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